Livestream 5/27/2021 – Ion Fury

I wanted again to try something different again for the stream this week. Ion Fury is a retro revival shooter using the build engine that underpins classic games such as Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. 3D Realms did a great job creating a modern interpretation of a Duke Nukem game this time featuring the protagonist Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison. The game plays super tight and squeezes everything out the engine normally requiring a more modern system. It wouldn’t run on something that ran Duke 3D back in the day such as a Pentium class machine.

But Ion Fury utilizes a modern wrapper for the build engine called eDuke32 which allows build based games to run on fully modern systems with support for widescreen resolution, modern rendering techniques and more. Some kind soul specifically compiled a version that works with Ion Fury allowing this to run natively on Windows XP which helped me get off the ground on this one. Normally Ion Fury needs a 64 bit operating system but this particular version even allows it to be played on Windows XP 32 bit.

As for the machine itself it’s generally from the 2007 era (Core 2 Quad and 8800 GTS) so a late XP or early Vista era. I attempted to get this to run on Pentium 4 as well as Athlon XP machines but unfortunately other problems prevented that from happening. So the stream was playing Ion Fury on that XP machine quite well. It was a fun stream despite some technical issues up front so check out the replay.

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